Dave Grohl Hails Weezer's "Fucking Amazing" Album 'Pinkerton,' Says It's "Their 'In Utero'"

He pointed out that 'In Utero' set the mould for newly popular bands making their follow-up

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BY Alex HudsonPublished Oct 25, 2023

Weezer's sophomore album, 1996's Pinkerton, has long been divisive: it was initially panned, then became a cult classic, and more recently has been scrutinized for its creepily horny lyrics. After so much back-and-forth, Dave Grohl is here to set the record straight: it's a "fucking amazing" album that bears a lot in common with Nirvana's 1993 masterpiece In Utero.

Appearing on the podcast, Conan Needs a Friend, the Nirvana drummer (and current Foo Fighters frontman) discussed the more raw, stripped-down sound of In Utero.

"After In Utero, it became kind of a predictable move for other bands that were in similar situations," he explained, saying that many newly popular bands would do an about-face after releasing a hit album: "And then they go in to make their second record, and they're like, this is what we really sound like."

Grohl then gave a specific example: "Weezer did it with their album Pinkerton, which is a fucking amazing record. The first Weezer record has a bunch of hits and they become really popular. Then they go in to make their second album, Pinkerton, and that album — it's kind like their In Utero."

Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl reminisced about the time he set his own ass on fire, as well as prank-calling Eddie Vedder (who didn't know where Manitoba is). Nirvana's expanded In Utero reissue comes out this Friday (October 27).

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